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Fool Me Twice

(Rules for the Reckless #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,422 ratings  ·  487 reviews
In the vein of Sarah MacLean, a sexy and evocative Victorian romance between a vengeful duke and a fiery redhead from an author who is a veritable tour de force in the genre.

A Lady With a Secret

Running for her life, exhausted and out of options, Olivia Holladay wants nothing more than the chance to make a home for herself. So when she realizes that the infamous Duke of Mar
Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Pocket Books
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Kat I'm not sure why the first books didn't get good ratings, as I personally enjoyed them greatly. You don't need to read those books before this one. Ho…moreI'm not sure why the first books didn't get good ratings, as I personally enjoyed them greatly. You don't need to read those books before this one. However, Olivia appeared in both of those books, which added more depth to this one.(less)

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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
*** 3,25 less enthusiastic than I expected stars ***

Don't get me wrong, this book was thoroughly enjoyable, better than the average fare for sure and worth a try in any case no matter what I'm going to say, as I recognise that the quibbles I had were totally of a "personal tastes" quality and are not true objective flaws at all but, alas, I mainly rate according to my subjective enjoyment. In other words, where I saw a shortcoming some of you might see a merit and it would be a pity for the
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Meredith Duran unceasingly delights me as a wordsmith and a master at understanding the elements that concoct complex, genuine, and lovable characters.

There is nothing for Olivia and Alastair but the darkness of their pasts and the need to escape them. The intense loneliness as a result of their respective missions is the exact force that exerted a magnetic pull among the two -- Olivia's amazing capacity for love and understanding desperate her own desperate situation, and Alastair's futile att
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I'm getting more and more into historical romance these days and branching out to try new-to-me authors, so I was excited to take a chance on this story. If you can get past the VERY slow start, you are in for a real treat. I found this book to be emotional, sexy, and smart, and the further I read the more I couldn't put it down.

I think part of the reason that this book was SO hard for me to get into was that I haven't read the first in the series. This book works well as a stand-alone, but it w
Duchess Nicole
First off, what a gorgeous cover...such a stand out, it's initially what caught my eye. And what's in the pages of this little gem is just as good.

The story itself is a bit slow to take off. As Olivia Mather infiltrates Alistair Grey, the Duke of Marwick's home, we discover that each of them has secrets and neither has a a happy past. Alistair is a widower, but instead of mourning the death of his beloved wife, he has secluded himself away in his London home, attempting to recover from the disc
 ❀ Minesha ❀

His shoulders jerked. She glanced up and discovered him silently laughing at her. “Your face,” he said. “So shocked. Does ducal hair feel like some strange new variety?”
“Sit still,” she snapped—and then frowned. “There’s a pun in that somewhere, but I can’t find it.
Ducal hair, ducal heir . . .”
“Oh, but I’m not an heir,” he murmured. “I’m the genuine article, I assure you.”

A few days ago, I asked for a recommendation on goodreads:
"Recommend a romance novel to a romance-novel addict who is really
This was a difficult book and I cannot say I enjoyed it as such. It was beautifully written, as Duran books always are. But the hero, Marwick, was very problematic for me. And that significantly diminished my pleasure as I read the book.

Here's the thing: I am all for the tortured hero or heroine (although in HR it is usually the hero....why is that, I wonder?). I get that life damages people and everyone is flawed. But this hero- boy, he was one step way from (and I LOVE this American idiom!) go
Gio Listmaker
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Love A Anti-Hero
Normally I Don't Enjoy The Recluse Story But Meredith Hooked Me With A Teaser And I Could Not Put It Down.

“Was it her imagination, or did the townhouse loom? All the other mansions on this street looked polite and elegant, neatly confining themselves within rows of trimmed hedges. This house, on the other hand, sprawled. She spied a gargoyle lurking above one cornice, glowering at her. Of course the Duke of Marwick would have a gargoyle carved into his house!"


Depressed Recluse Anti-Hero Duke Of
Lady Wesley
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, rita-2015
Even though I dislike revenge plots, I must get finally got around to reading this one, which won the 2015 RITA for long historical romance.

Unlike some revenge-based stories, this one is cleverly done, as one would expect from such a talented author. The romance between Olivia and the duke builds gradually, and the cross-class nature of their relationship is not glossed over.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Alison Larkin. Now, on to the rest of the series!
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alastair de Grey, Duke of Marwick was one of the most important political masterminds in the country, a man tipped as a potential prime minister, as well one whose power and connections behind the schemes earned him the moniker of “kingmaker”.

Following the sudden death of his wife, Margaret, Alastair discovered that what he had considered to be the perfect marriage was nothing but a sham. His wife was not only regularly unfaithful to him, but the men she chose to betray him with were his politi
Oh, this was good. I didn't expect too much from it, despite the high ratings, likely because the set-up seemed doomed from the start but, this book. It's a difficult one to explain, only because it doesn't sound good--Olivia, an intelligent young girl, is on the run from a powerful duke who, for a reason unknown, wants Olivia dead. A poor orphan, completely alone in the world, Olivia is tired of running every time she begins to settle down. When she uncovers a secret that the Duke of Marwick ha ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hr, perfect
I actually have to re-read this one to write a review. I loved it when I first read it but I wonder how I'd read it now.
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
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Fool Me Twice started off with a lot of potential. I loved the idea of a maid searching the house of a rich Duke to clear her name; however as the novel quickly started to take on darker tones the less I started to like it. Though the writing itself was good I just couldn't get my self into the story because of how much I ended up hating the characters and lackluster plot.

The number one thing I disliked about this novel was our h
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is the second in a series and both main characters first appear there in some detail. So I recommend reading in order, even though this is a much better story.

I'm going to get this out of the way because it's all the negative I have to say about this story: Alastair's reaction to finding out his dead-of-opium-abuse wife was cheating on him and deliberately undermining his political goals is all of the self-pity in the world wrapped into a single, egotistical package and lit on fire by the h
Jul 22, 2015 marked it as hr-purgatory
Welcome to my HR Purgatory shelf !

In Roman Catholicism, the purgatory is where the souls of the dead wander in an indefinite state. They stay in such a state unless they "become fit for heaven" at some point. Similarly, this shelf is where books that I am warned about stay—untouched and unread—unless a very compelling reason forces me to read them.


Reason(s) for putting Fool Me Twice in this shelf:
The hero needs to take an anger management class, apparently. I hear he throws a bottle at t
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nefise by: Bubu
4.5 stars

Review to come...
I got sick of reading how golden and beautiful and angel-like Alastair is pretty much after the very first time I read it. He was such a rude, unnecessarily cruel and wrist-grabbing vat of angry that I couldn't even pretend to like him or try and overlook some negative aspects of his character (that, admittedly, I've done with some other characters).

Honestly, at what point was I expected to start liking him? First he's just an ass and throwing bottles and fists against walls and being a recluse.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
The Hero was suicidal.

Have you read that type of hero in Historial Romance yet?
He is really suicidal, I mean don't let him hold a gun because he will smash his brain out with it, not just behaving stupidly and end up killing himself.

And the heroine is so special, thats why I like this one so much, she is awesome.
Today, I found there are two more books in the series and I don't have a clue who are they.

Perhaps I need to read this book again...
Laura Renee
This book was the first of Duran's I really didn't like the preview put out in advance. Unfortunately, it turns out the big issue in the preview (crazy unsexy power imbalance) wasn't very much remedied in the rest of the book.

I have no fault with the heroine's spine; she refuses to be intimidated by him, even when he often scares her with violent behavior (red flag!). What really got to me, though, was his narration, how he thought about her and their relationship. On the positive side, it was
She has a way with words, Duran. This is a beautifully written book, heart-wrenching in it's honest documentation of a range of emotions - grief, rage, guilt, joy, fear. The author excelled, especially in the beginning, in capturing the hero's emotional black-hole, his shutout of the world as his defence mechanism following the death of his esteemed wife and revelations of her multiple betrayals of his trust and their marital vows. Alastair, the powerful Duke of Marwick and predicted future Prim ...more
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lyuda by: Caz
Shelves: victorian, favorites
Wow, what an amazing book! Bravo Ms. Duran!
We first met the main characters in the previous book “That Scandalous Summer” where Lord Alastair, Duke of Marwick was truly down brought to his knees by his deceased wife betrayals. He was not a sympathetic character in the first book but something about him touched me. I am so glad the author decided to make him a hero of her next book. The slow and beautiful transformation of Alastair was truly breathtaking. The person who was responsible for it was
Addie H
4.5 stars

(Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Disguise, Work Relationship, Forbidden Love, Unstarched (hero), Scar (mental)


Oh wow. Just oh wow. Where has MD been all these years, and how have I failed to pick up her books?

What a terrible thing it was to wish to be known, to be seen, when one’s life depended on remaining unnoticed.

Two very flawed characters, some very witty scenes, and some dark paths we’re forced to stroll.

It’s not all hearts and flowers but comes together so beautifully.

Aly is so frigging bored
This one was 100 times better then the 1st one! I'm kind of loving this series :D
A (Is For Awkward)
Second re-read. Still not a fan. Like most Duran this was an interesting plot that was undermined by a secondary kidnapping/murder plot line in the last 25% and in this case also by abusive behaviour from the hero on a handful of occasions throughout the book. The hero is a duke, and the heroine is his house keeper, aka boss/employee romance plotline, and the relationship was undermined by plain old asshole behaviour including the typical "you have to leave because I refuse to try and control my ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. I probably should have read Book 1 in this series first, because when I started this one I found it a little confusing. Who were these people and how did they relate to each other? And what were all of these stolen letters? Who were they stolen from? etc. But I warmed to it as I read further and began to understand what was happening. By the end I really liked it - it would have been 4 stars except for the lack of sufficient clarity at the start - so that's why the 3.75.

The basis of
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wish I would have read this not in the middle of my annual romance binge (which I think is almost over now). Its charm was a bit overwhelmed in my head by all other more mediocre romance books I've read over the past month. Still, I own a hard copy, so it's easy to revisit in the future, and it was good enough that I will want to. Loved the central characters, no weird side stuff, even some good twists and turns, which almost never happens in romance. This is a good one.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville

I started a Meredith Duran book some time ago and stalled out early on for reasons I can no longer quite remember. I know it wasn't the writing, which definitely struck me as adept. I think it was more to do with the setting and I not clicking. Also the sense I was getting that the characters were going to hurt each other—possibly at some length—before they found any middle ground. Either way, I wasn't up for it at the time. And then I'm fairly certain I went
3.5 stars

"You were never afraid."
"I knew you would never hurt me."
"I was a perfect villain."
"Never, not really."
His head tilted as he studied her."I wanted your courage," he said quietly.
"And I, your brilliance." She thought of all those speeches, half written, pearls that history would treasure. "Your insight." She hesitated. "The way you look at me, Alistair. You see me."

I love the "You see me" (better than anyone else) trope in books MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD. That's what my shelf
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
SO, I feel like it's been a while since I read a straight up romance novel, and I was super into this one. It was a pleasant surprise.

I just really enjoyed it. Motivations for deception were developed well. I mean, obviously some things could have been avoided if the characters had confided in each other (mostly over any existing schemes/desire for revenge re: a common enemy), but it also made a lot of sense why it did not happen.

Also, the chemistry and relationship development side of things is
twelvejan [Alexandria]
4 entertaining stars!

*Thank you Pocket Books and Netgalley for the ARC!*

Olivia Holladay/ Mather/ Johnson is a criminal. She assumed new identities and changed names like one does outfits. She stole from her previous employer, and now, intends to steal from her current one, the Duke of Marwick. But don't mistake her for a petty thief. It's not gold or diamonds that she intends to steal, but secrets of her family's past. And she does it with great mettle and vivacity - qualities that had kept her
Rose Lerner
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was super excited for this book because I adored Olivia in the prequel and was excited about another of my favorite trope: h/h goes undercover in a job they don't care about and then cannot bear to do the work in a subpar manner. In this case, Olivia goes undercover as agoraphobic Alastair's housekeeper and then can't help but get his household straightened out. OMG. I could not stop reading this book once I started. As I mentioned in my previous review, Meredith Duran is one of the best auth ...more
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MEREDITH DURAN blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history. She is the author of twelve novels, all published by Pocket Books. Her debut, The Duke of Shadows, has been translated into thirteen languages and was ranked among the top 100 romances of all time by NPR and All About Romance. Her other books include RITA award winner Fool Me Twice and her February 2017 rel ...more

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